India Aims To Become 100 Percent Electric Vehicle Equipped Nation By 2030

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The Government might introduce a scheme to provide Electric Vehicles (EV) at zero down-payment.

With the year 2030 in mind, the government is hoping to make India a 100 percent EV equipped nation.

"If we can look at getting best technologies across sectors like it has been done in the power sector, and incentives manufacturing, this will help India leapfrog inefficient technologies, and deploy the ones that are more efficient and less emission intensive", said Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power.

The plan has already received a green flag from the automobile industry. "It is a great, workable plan. Promoting electric/hybrid cars through innovative schemes and reduce vehicular pollution. We will work with the government on this," said Vishnu Mathur, director general of the industry lobby Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).

India's automobile industry is the sixth largest in the world and accounts for 22% of the world's total manufacturing output.

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Story first published: Monday, March 28, 2016, 11:04 [IST]
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